The Queen and Prince Charles plant tree at Balmoral Castle ahead of Platinum Jubilee

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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Prince of Wales have planted a tree at Balmoral Castle as part of the Queen's Green Canopy (QGC) initiative created to honour her Platinum Jubilee.

Beaming in the Scottish sunshine, the Queen and Prince Charles were joined by pupils from a local school as they put soil around the copper beech sapling tree at the castle's cricket pavilion. Placing it in the ground, the Prince of Wales joked: "Let's hope it will survive."

The tree planting project, known as the Queen's Green Canopy, will see communities, charities, councils, cities, businesses and landowners unite to plant healthy native trees that will thrive. With an aim to "create a lasting legacy", Brits are encouraged to plant a tree of their own between October and March to better the chance of survival.

During her reign, the Queen has impressively planted more than 1,500 trees all over the world, so there really is no better way for us all to slip on our gardening gloves and celebrate her reign.

Photo credit: PA Images/Alamy Stock Photo/Andrew Milligan
Photo credit: PA Images/Alamy Stock Photo/Andrew Milligan

This is the Queen's first public engagement since her summer break in Balmoral, where she spent time with friends and family. Last month, Her Majesty missed the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2021 for the first time since 2005.

Speaking about the Queen's visit, Crathie Primary School headteacher Lilian Field told The Telegraph: "Being out in the forest really helps the children's self-confidence, building initiative and for mental health and well-being as well, especially after lockdown.

"It was a lovely occasion for us. Giving a card is something we do every year after the Queen finishes her holiday at Balmoral, but this is the first time we've given her it in person. We made quite a special card this year. Every child made a picture of a tree and we put it together in a concertina-like way. We're just hoping the Queen has a big desk she can stretch it out on."

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